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Our Best Recipes for National BBQ Month (10 Recipes)

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May is National BBQ Month! Sure, Americans barbecue all year long, especially while camping, tailgating, and cheering on our favorite teams during the Super Bowl. But in May, grilling and smoking kick into high gear as we spend even more time outside enjoying good food and great friends.

To celebrate National BBQ Month, here are some of our best and most requested recipes at Want to grill a steak better than anyone on your block? Perfect your technique for smoked brisket or ribs? Or serve up the most succulent pulled pork sandwiches ever? Check out our foolproof tested recipes. And if you’re thinking of buying some new gear this season, be sure to have a look at our BBQ Gear Guide for top rated grills and smokers that can be delivered to your door and our searchable database of more than 500 grills and smokers rated and reviewed. The cooker of your dreams awaits you in these lists.

Happy Grilling and Smoking!

brisket on a grill

Authentic Texas Style Smoked Brisket Recipe


Meathead, BBQ Hall of Famer

Behold the best smoked brisket recipe ever! Texas style brisket is more than a recipe, it is a concept and a goal. It all begins by selecting the right meat, trimming it, seasoning it, smoking it, slicing it, and more. Follow this easy BBQ brisket guide for mouthwatering results!
Sauced rack of ribs on a tray

A Killer Smoked BBQ Ribs Recipe That Shames The 3-2-1 Method


Meathead, BBQ Hall of Famer

Mastering smoked ribs -- whether they are St. Louis style ribs, spare ribs, or baby back ribs -- with our comprehensive tutorial and recipe will make you a backyard all star.
pulled pork sandwich with sauce

An Easy BBQ Pulled Pork Recipe With Mouthwatering Results


Meathead, BBQ Hall of Famer

This easy pulled pork recipe skips the slow cooker to create authentic low-and-slow smoked pulled pork on a smoker or grill. With smoke woven through the moist meat, bits of seasoned crust, and a gentle splash of BBQ sauce, pulled pork is perfect for your next backyard cookout.
Grilled steak

Recipe Secrets Revealed For Grilled Steaks That Put The Best Restaurants To Shame


Meathead, BBQ Hall of Famer

Create grilled steaks as good or better than they do in the best expensive steakhouses with this comprehensive how-to and recipe. From selecting the right cut and beef grade to smoking and searing on the grill, you'll be grilling up mouthwatering steaks for your family and guests in no time!
Sliced and plated beef tenderloin

How To Cook A Whole Beef Tenderloin Or Butcher Into Smaller Cuts


Meathead, BBQ Hall of Famer

Beef tenderloin is the most tender muscle on the steer. But regardless of how wonderful this cut is, many people have no idea what to do with it. As such, here's a "how to", offering simple techniques for cooking whole or in parts.
Double cheeseburgers on a plate

Hamburger Secrets: How The Zen Master Prepares A Real Happy Meal Hamburger


Meathead, BBQ Hall of Famer

Here's everything you need to know about burgers and how to make the best hamburger you ever tasted.
Bacon jam burger with corn

Bacon Jam Takes Traditional Burgers Over The Top


Clint Cantwell, Champion Pitmaster

Sweet and savory homemade bacon jam is the star of the show in this delicious burger recipe. If you’ve never had bacon jam, get ready for sweet and savory flavor bliss. This ultimate grilled bacon cheeseburger features a rich and flavorful bacon jam spiked with bourbon, a juicy reverse seared patty, and Swiss cheese.
Hamburger on homemade brioche bun

The Steakburger Recipe That Puts The Best Steakhouses On Notice


Meathead, BBQ Hall of Famer

Here's everything you need to know to make the best thick juicy crispy steakburger hamburger you ever tasted. This reverse seared steakhouse burger recipe produces perfectly cooked burgers with rich steak flavors, a wonderful smoky undertone, perfectly seasoned interior, and enough juice to soak the bun.
Smoked Texas style beef rib

Smoked BBQ Beef Ribs Just Like They Do ‘Em In Texas


Meathead, BBQ Hall of Famer

Create delicious Brontosaurus sized beef ribs at home with this tested smoked Texas beef rib recipe. Whether it is meaty beef short ribs or the more flavorful beef back ribs, the key to successfully replicating this Texas BBQ classic is cooking them low and slow over live fire with just the perfect touch of smoke.
Simon and Garfunkel rubbed grilled chicken

World Famous Simon & Garfunkel Grilled Chicken Recipe


Meathead, BBQ Hall of Famer

Grilled chicken has never tasted better thanks to this recipe featuring our amazing Simon & Garfunkel Dry Rub, a wonderful herb based rub that is great on chicken, turkey, and veggies. As with most grilled chicken recipes, we recommend you cut the bird into parts so that you can ensure each is cooked to perfection.

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Published On: 7/1/2019 Last Modified: 11/19/2022


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